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Pharmacist Dr. John Pemberton of Atlanta, Georgia, USA, begins selling a carbonated drink of his own devising as a patent medicine. He will go on to found The Pemberton Medicine Company, which will find global success after a name change to The Coca-Cola Company. This universally-available fizzy drink will inspire several songs including Rum And Coca Cola by The Andrews Sisters and and the somewhat more salacious Coca Cola Douche by The Fugs. It's also worth noting that the hit single I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing by The New Seekers, was based on a 1971 Coca Cola advertising jingle - I'd Like To Buy The World A Coke.
Henry Rodemeyer of Manhattan, New York City, USA, is granted Patent No. US699978A for his invention of an improved 'sounder' for stringed musical instruments.
David Rose is born in London, England, UK. He will find success as a songwriter, composer, arranger, pianist, and orchestra leader, his most famous compositions being The Stripper, Holiday For Strings and Calypso Melody. Using the pseudonym Ray Llewellyn, he will also write music for numerous television series, including It's A Great Life, The Tony Martin Show, Little House on the Prairie, Highway To Heaven, Bonanza, and Highway Patrol.
Jazz pianist, arranger and recording artist Jimmy Jones is born in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. In the course of a long career, he will lend his many talents to Harry Belafonte, Johnny Hodges, Budd Johnson, Nat Gonella, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Kenny Burrell, Cannonball Adderley, Harry Sweets Edison, Ben Webster, Big Joe Turner, Coleman Hawkins, Frank Wess, Milt Jackson, Sidney Bechet, Sonny Rollins, Sonny Stitt, Thad Jones, Wes Montgomery, Nancy Wilson, Shirley Horn and Joe Williams.
Blind Blake records Hookworm Blues, Poker Woman Blues, Doing A Stretch, Fightin' the Jug and Slippery Rag in Richmond, Indiana, USA, for Paramount Records.
Blind Blake records Blue Getaway, Diddie Wa Diddie, Chump Man Blues, Ice Man Blues, Pop It Stomp, Fan Foot Woman and Police Dog Blues in the Gennett Records studio in Richmond, Indiana, USA.
Clarence Profit's Trio and The Calypso Recorders are playing at The Village Vanguard, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
A USO [United Service Organizations] "camp show" arrives in Trinidad to entertain American troops. The show features up-and-coming radio comedian Morey Amsterdam. While in Trinidad, he will hear the song Rum And Coca Cola by Lord Invader. He will take the song back to the USA and copyright it in his own name. Rum And Coca Cola will be a huge hit for The Andrews Sisters but Lord Invader will have to go to court to win his royalties.
Singer Jeri Sullavan performs the song Rum And Coca Cola for an American audience for the first time, during an engagement at the Versailles Restaurant, Manhattan, New York City, USA. The song, written by calypso star Lord Invader has been given to her by comedian Morey Amsterdam who heard it while working in Trinidad. Rum And Coca Cola will later become a huge hit for The Andrews Sisters but Lord Invader will have to go to court to win his royalties.
Lord Invader, The Duke Of Iron, Macbeth and Gerald Clark And His Band play in a concert entitled Calypso At Midnight, in The Town Hall, New York City, USA.
Calypsonian Lord Beginner with Cyril Blake's Calypso Serenaders records The Dollar And The Pound and I Will Die A Bachelor, for Parlophone Records in Abbey Road Studios, London, UK.
The West Indies solidly defeat England in the second Test Match at Lords Cricket Ground, London, England, UK, Europe. At the end of the game, calypso singer Lord Kitchener leads a group of delighted West Indians in a victory parade around the field. Kitchener will go on to write an account of the match in his popular song Cricket, Lovely Cricket.
The romantic comedy musical film The Petty Girl, starring Robert Cummings and Joan Caulfield, opens at cinemas in New York, USA. All of the songs in the film, including Fancy Free, Calypso Song, I Loves Ya and The Petty Girl, are written by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer.
Louise Bennett And The Caribbean Serenaders record Bongo Man and Linsted Market for Melodisc Records in London, UK.
Billboard magazine reports that an American Federation Of Musicians analysis of the recording industry in the USA and Canada (for 1951) reveals that the combined dollar volume of 45rpm and 33rpm discs now represents about 34% of the entire disc business, making serious inroads into the sales of conventional 78rpm discs. At the same time, sales of sheet music have dramatically decreased, by about 50%.
Harry Belafonte is playing during two weeks at The Alhambra, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Billboard magazine reviews Shenandoah / Scarlet Ribbons, the new single by Harry Belafonte, stating, "Exposure could make a star out of this new young recording artist. His performance on both of these tunes leaves little to be desired. Deejays should definitely give a listen."
Harry Belafonte records Kalenda Rock [Mourning Song] in RCA Victor's Manhattan Center, New York City, USA. Pianist on the session is Ray Charles.
Joe Alexander And The Cubans record a calypso-styled single, Oh Maria, at Premier Studio, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, for the Ballad label. The guitarist on the session, listed in the studio log as Chuck Berryn, will find massive international success as Chuck Berry.
The musical film Carmen Jones, a contemporary version of the opera Carmen by Georges Bizet, starring Harry Belafonte, Pearl Bailey and Dorothy Dandridge opens in the USA.
Tropical cyclone Hurricane Janet attains Category 3 status as it passes Barbados. It will go on to kill 500 people across the Caribbean. Calypso artist Lord Melody will be inspired by this disaster to write his song Hurricane Janet, which will also be recorded by Lord Christo.
Hound Dog by Elvis Presley begins its fourth of eleven weeks at No1 in the Billboard Top Forty singles chart in the USA. On the same day, Let The Good Times Roll by New Orleans duo Shirley And Lee enters the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart, and Calypso by Harry Belafonte reaches No1 in the Billboard popular albums chart.
Cy Grant sings a calypso based on current news events during his appearance on the BBC-tv current affairs magazine show Tonight in London, England, UK, Europe.
Mary's Boy Child by Harry Belafonte reaches No1 in the Sheet Music Sales Chart in the UK.
The Top 5 singles in the UK, according to today's edition of the New Musical Express [NME] newspaper are as follows : 1. Mary's Boy Child by Harry Belafonte [RCA] 2. Wake Up Little Suzie by The Everly Brothers [London] 3. My Special Angel by Malcolm Vaughan [HMV] 4. Ma, He's Making Eyes at Me by The Johnny Otis Show/Marle Adams [Capitol] 5. Great Balls of Fire by Jerry Lee Lewis [London]
In New York City, USA, Harry Belafonte has the second of four recording sessions during which he records tracks for his blues-influenced album Belafonte Sings The Blues.
The movie musical Bop Girl (aka Bop Girl Goes Calypso) is released to cinemas in Finland, Europe. The movie stars Judy Tytler, but also features appearances by Bobby Troup, The Mary Kaye Trio, The Goofers, Lord Flea and Nino Tempo.
Billboard magazine reports that Harry Belafonte has signed a $75,000 deal to play three performances a year for five years for the BBC in London, UK. This is reportedly the highest media fee ever agreed in the UK.
Lord Myrie [guitar and vocals], Cecil Mitchell? [banjo] and James Convery [marimba box], record the album Calypso Jamaica in Kingston, Jamaica, for Cook-Microfusion Records.
The John Fitzgerald Kennedy Inaugural Gala is held at the National Guard Armoury, Washington D.C., USA. The event is hosted, produced and directed by Frank Sinatra. Musical guest stars include Mahalia Jackson, Harry Belafonte, Jimmy Durante, Nat King Cole, and Ella Fitzgerald, with an orchestra conducted by Leonard Bernstein.
Rory Storm And The Hurricanes, including drummer Ringo Starr, are fulfilling a three month residency at the Rock And Calypso Ballroom, Butlins, Skegness, England, UK, Europe.
Cy Grant performs a topical calypso on BBC current affairs tv show Tonight, in London, England, UK, Europe.
RCA announce the launch of "The Prompter", a new portable hi-fi tape cartridge player selling at $99.95. It will not find wide public acceptance.
Cy Grant performs a news-based calypso on the BBC-tv topical magazine show Tonight, broadcast live from London, England, UK, Europe.
Cy Grant sings a news-based calypso on the BBC-tv topical magazine show Tonight, broadcast live from London, England, UK.
Bud Dashiell And The Kinsmen play at Glendale College, Glendale, California, USA. The show is recorded by Warner Bros and will be released as the live LP Sing Everybody's Hits - Live Concert Extraordinary.
Harry Belafonte and Woody Herman are guests on tv show The Bell Telephone Hour in the USA.
As part of the Forest Hills Music Festival, Harry Belafonte and Miriam Makeba play the first of three nights at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, New York City, USA.
Harry Belafonte appears in the Silver Anniversary Edition of popular tv show The Bell Telephone Hour in the USA.
Harry Belafonte plays the third of five nights at The Opera House, Chicago, Illinois, USA, with Nana Mouskouri.
Harry Belafonte plays at The University Of Michigan men's glee club, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Songwriter, composer, arranger, pianist, and orchestra leader David Rose dies aged 80, of a heart attack in Burbank, California, USA. His most famous compositions were The Stripper, Holiday For Strings and Calypso Melody. Using the pseudonym Ray Llewellyn, he also wrote music for numerous television series, including It's A Great Life, The Tony Martin Show, Little House on the Prairie, Highway To Heaven, Bonanza, and Highway Patrol.
Calyso singing star Roaring Lion dies aged 91 in Mount Lambert, Trinidad, after a long period of failing health.
Stricken with cancer, calypso singer and songwriter The Mighty Terror is confined at the Radiotherapy Centre, St James Medical Complex, Trinidad.
Calypso singer and songwriter The Mighty Terror dies of cancer in Trinidad, Caribbean, aged 86.
Ernest Ranglin, The Sunshine Brothers and Earthlink Sound System play at The Railway Hotel, Perth, Western Australia. Ranglin is billed on the poster for this event as "The King Of Skank".
Legendary Jamaican guitarist Ernest Ranglin, plays at The Basement, Circular Quay, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Guitarist and songwriter Steven Springer, best-known as a member of the Trinidad Tripoli Steel Band, dies aged 60 of cancer, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. Springer also played with Sir Lancelot Pinard and the band Sanctuary, and he founded the musical project Tropicooljazz.
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